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U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III said he did not reach the decision lightly, but in the interest of fairness, he had to toss the February jury verdict — one of the largest ever reached, reportedly — and ordered two new separate trials in each of the two suits. (Credit: AP)

Apple Gets New Trials, Scraps VirnetX's $625M Patent Win

A Texas federal judge vacated VirnetX’s colossal $625 million patent infringement verdict against Apple on Friday, ruling it was unfair to Apple to combine two separate VirnetX suits alleging Apple infringed its network security patents into one trial, and he split the suits and ordered a pair of new trials.

  • 4th Circ. Strikes Down 'Discriminatory' NC Voter ID Law

    The Fourth Circuit reversed a North Carolina federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law on Friday, ruling that the law targeted black voters with near “surgical precision” and that the lower court “fundamentally erred” in its April decision to uphold the law.

  • Redstone Competency Trial Will Go Forward, Del. Court Rules

    A trial on billionaire Sumner Redstone’s disputed competence or independence in ousting five Viacom Inc. board members last month will go forward over objections from Redstone, his daughter and the family's National Amusements Inc. holdings, a Delaware court ruled Friday.

  • Menendez Must Face Corruption Charges, 3rd Circ. Finds

    The Third Circuit on Friday refused to toss criminal charges alleging U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., unlawfully assisted a Florida eye doctor in exchange for gifts and political contributions, rejecting the senator’s arguments that the indictment against him improperly relies on constitutionally protected legislative acts.

  • Mich. AG Charges 6 More Officials In Flint Water Scandal

    Six more Michigan public officials were charged Friday in connection with their roles in Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water crisis, the second round of prosecutions stemming from a state attorney general’s investigation.

  • Immigration Judge Names Can't Get Blanket Redactions

    The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s redaction of immigration judges’ names from complaint files was “inadequately justified,” remanding the suit from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for a more specific look at the appropriateness of redacting the names.

  • FTC Revives LabMD Data Leak Suit, Finds Consumer Harm

    The heads of the Federal Trade Commission on Friday overturned a judge's decision to nix the commission's action accusing LabMD of maintaining lax data security, concluding that the lab's failure to employ "basic precautions" led to an unauthorized disclosure of sensitive medical data that caused "substantial" harm to consumers.


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Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans

By Melissa Maleske

Standards for what’s considered good writing in the legal profession are changing, and lawyers wedded to the ways of old run the career-damaging risk of angering clients and judges.